Symphonic Band (9, 10)
Members of this organization explore all the avenues of band literature and performance. This ensemble attempts to achieve the highest standards of musical performances. All aspects of performance and style are demonstrated. The band performs two public concerts a year. Embouchure, articulation, intonation, rhythm, tone, and technique are explored and improved. Members are encouraged to participate in the Bangor Area High School "Slater" Marching Band. In addition, scheduled performances are mandatory and included as part of the grade.
Symphonic Choir (9, 10)
All styles and types of vocal music are explored. Tone production, diction, music reading, and vocal control will be improved through the selection of appropriate music. In addition, scheduled performances are mandatory and included as part of the grade.
Concert Band (11, 12)
Members of this organization explore all the avenues of band literature and performance. The group will be drilled in all fundamentals of performance. The ensemble will pursue the highest standards of performance for concert season. All aspects of performance and style will be demonstrated through rehearsals. In addition, scheduled performances are mandatory and included as part of the grade.
Concert Choir (11, 12
All styles and types of vocal music will be explored with an emphasis on the more recent literature. Tone production, diction, music reading, and vocal control will be improved through the selection of appropriate music from the literature. In addition, scheduled performances are mandatory and included as part of the grade.
BHS Show Choir (9, 10, 11, 12)
Members will be selected by audition for this specialized group. Literature performed will be of a higher difficulty level and a "show choir" concept will be utilized on some selections. Performances will include concerts, as well as other community/school events. (Audition required)
Instrumental Instruction (10, 11, 12)
Students will be scheduled for small group instruction in the finer points of performance on all the band instruments.
Embouchure, articulation, intonation, rhythm, tone, and technique will be explored and improved.
Jazz Ensemble (9, 10, 11, 12)
Articulation, rhythm, improvisation, and scales will be the basis for an active class structure based on discussion and performance of basic jazz concepts. Students should be willing to play and learn as the group may perform at various school and community functions. (Approval by instructor before course registration)
Music Appreciation (9, 10, 11, 12)
Emphasis is placed on stylistic recognition through non-technical knowledge of period and composer's musical characteristics. The ultimate goal of this elective is to heighten the aural perceptiveness of the student. Students will be encouraged to augment the in-class listening experiences with outside listening. A chronological presentation deals with music from the Renaissance through the present day with earlier music given an adequate, but not abundant, treatment.
Music Theory I (11,12)
Starting with scales, intervals, sequences and modes, the course, an introduction to the theory of music, will progress up to harmonization of original melodies in four parts. Sight singing and dictation will be stressed in order to increase each student's ability to compose away from the keyboard. Altered and more advanced chords, modulation, and larger forms will be discussed and utilized in this continuation of harmonic concepts. Students will be required to write an original composition with all the concepts and techniques discussed.
Music Theory II (11, 12)
The harmonic and melodic concepts introduced in Theory I will be continued. Techniques of orchestration and arranging will be explored in depth. Original compositions will be stressed. This is a highly individualized course; students should be prepared to spend numerous hours outside of class on their projects. Modern harmonic techniques, including twelve-tone techniques and serial music techniques, will be discussed. (Prerequisite: Music Theory I)
Vocal Instruction (10, 11, 12)
Tone production, control, diction, and pitch will be explored and improved during instruction in the art of singing